MCHB supports Research Networks that focus on collaborative, multisite research and dissemination of information:
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN) develops and maintains a transdisciplinary, multi-site research network that accelerates the translation of science into maternal and child health (MCH) adolescent and young adult health practice. The network promotes scientific collaboration and develops additional research capacity in the field of adolescent and young adult health.
AYAH-RN is one of the seven (7) university-based Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) projects. The LEAH projects work in collaboration with the Center for the Developing Adolescent, University of California, Berkeley—a national leader in transdisciplinary research that examines the implications of neuroscience for adolescent and young adult health practice—and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the only health professional organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults.
MCHB grant # UA6MC27378. MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network
Please visit the AYAH website for more information.
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Research Network (CYSHCNet) helps children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families by advancing knowledge and implementing optimal health systems through innovative, rigorous multi-site studies, far-reaching dissemination of findings, meaningful partnerships with families, and strong training of emerging CYSHCN investigators.
CYSHCNet is a network of committed researchers, families, clinicians, and administrative and policy partners who work together strategically to accelerate the generation and application of knowledge needed to best help CYSHCN and their families. The network strives to not only conduct nationally-relevant health systems research, but also to increase research capacity by training emerging CYSHCN investigators.
MCHB Grant #UA6MC31101 Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Research Network (CYSHCNet).
Please visit the CYSHCNet website for more information.
The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCI-RN) provides a unifying infrastructure for researchers, practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders to promote the development, dissemination, implementation, translation, and application of the Life Course Research Agenda (LCRA). LCI-RN provides researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with a transdisciplinary and transformative mechanism for interacting, sharing information, and engaging in collaborative and innovative projects that advance life course health development (LCHD) research and enables evidence- based practice and policymaking.
The purpose of this program is to coordinate a national platform to support research studies and to advance knowledge in disease prevention and health promotion across the life course by supporting a national network of interdisciplinary maternal and child health (MCH) researchers who would design, plan, and implement multi-site life course intervention research studies that will contribute to the improvement of health outcomes for MCH populations, including children with special healthcare needs.
MCHB grant # UA6MC32492 Life Course Interventions Research Network (LCI-RN)
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Measurement Research Network (MRN) provides leadership in the development and validation of health measures to better address the needs of researchers and programs serving MCH populations. MRN is an interdisciplinary, collaborative network of experts who are active in the measurement of health and well-being of MCH populations.
MRN advances the availability and effective use of valid and actionable MCH measures to ensure datadriven innovation and shared accountability for improving outcomes and systems performance on behalf of MCH populations. MRN:
MCHB grant # U3DMC32755 Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network (MRN).
The Pregnancy-Related Care Research Network (PRCRN) is a national collective of practicing obstetricians-gynecologists that conduct cutting- edge research. The studies generate data pertaining to provider practice patterns, clinical experiences, basic knowledge, professional training, access to resource materials, and educational needs. The PRCRN assesses the clinical care patterns and educational needs of health care providers in order to support efforts to improve health care for mothers and their children. In addition, the PRCRN provides the opportunity for officebased research on clinical outcomes. This Network includes medical practices that are committed to conducting studies that require access to patient medical data through extraction from medical records and collection of data during patient visits.
PRCRN provides empirical data to assess and improve health care for women and their children. PRCRN:
Please visit PRCRN website for more information.
The mission of the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Research Network is to improve the health of children and enhance primary care practice by developing, conducting, and fostering collaborative research on critical child health issues. PROS aims to generate new knowledge about the effectiveness of pediatric primary care services, identify the obstacles to providing effective care, and help practitioners overcome those obstacles to deliver the most effective care possible. In operation for over 30 years, PROS is the national practice-based research network (RN) of pediatric primary care practitioners of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
As an RN, PROS advances its mission by defining and advancing the best care for all children, performing research that is meaningful to pediatric practitioners, creating a community of caring researchers and practitioners, and fostering ongoing research relationships and camaraderie to advance child health research and invigorate clinicians. In achieving this purpose, PROS cultivates relationships within the broader child health research community, values the unique contributions of every member and participant, and implements studies that emphasize and strive for elegance, simplicity and practicality.
MCHB grant # U5DMC39344 National Research Network To Improve Child Health.
Please visit the PROS website for more information.
The Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B) deploys effective and sustainable evidence-based practices that will serve a broad community base to improve outcomes for all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). AIR-B's efforts are guided by four (4) major tenets: (1) Conducting research on evidence-based practices with a particular emphasis on evaluating core deficits of social communication in children with ASD; (2) Validating existing tools and developing evidencebased guidelines; (3) Disseminating information on research, guidelines and validated tools; and (4) Training the next generation of autism researchers.
AIR-B maintains an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which provides national leadership in research designed to improve the behavioral, mental, social, and/or cognitive health and well-being of children and adolescents
MCHB grant #UT3MC39436 Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B).
Please visit the AIR-B website for more information.
The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) improves the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). AIR-P advances HRSA's goal of addressing disparities and improving health equity by focusing on individuals from underserved populations across United States. As a multisite Learning Network, AIR-P provides a collaborative laboratory for developing and testing evidence-based interventions and accelerating the adoption of effective interventions to improve care and reduce disparities.
Through the Learning Network model, AIR-P includes cycles of tests of change and spread of successful interventions to underserved communities, guideline development, and disseminating findings nationwide. Among other research and practice innovation activities, AIR-P:
MCHB grant # UT2MC39440 Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-P).
The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) conducts national collaborative, interdisciplinary research in developmental behavioral pediatrics (DBP) that advances clinical practice, supports research training, and optimizes the health and functional status of children with developmental and behavioral concerns and disorders, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). The network offers a unique platform for practitioner-researchers in DBP to apply research to practice in the evaluation of children for a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders.
DBPNet focuses on a broad range of developmentalbehavioral disorders that includes, but is not limited to, ASD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other DD. The network plays a unique and important role in investigating assessment practices, biomarkers, and psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for symptoms that occur commonly across many neurodevelopmental disorders. DBPNet:
MCHB grant # UA3MC20218 Creating the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network.
Please visit the DBPNet website for more information.
The Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) is an interdisciplinary research network (RN) that leads and promotes coordinated research activities related to promoting healthy weight among children and youth with ASD/DD. Considerable research exists on obesity in children generally; however, there is limited research on obesity among children with ASD/DD. The HWRN strives to address this research gap and build research capacity to determine the best evidence-based practices for the prevention and treatment of obesity in this high-risk group.
The HWRN addresses the need for better knowledge and understanding of the scope of overweight and obesity and key risk factors among children and adolescents with ASD/DD. Network members are developing obesity prevention and interventions, including anticipatory guidance to parents and health care providers, and innovative programs that address the interacting physical, social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of overweight and obesity at the individual, family, school, neighborhood, and community levels. The HWRN:
Please visit the HW-RN website for more information.
The Home Visiting Research and Development (HARC R&D) Platform, part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program research portfolio, is a transdisciplinary research network (RN) for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building for innovative home visiting research. HARC R&D Platform plans, develops, and sustains a network of early childhood development and learning researchers and practitioners to frame, implement, and report on innovative, transdisciplinary research related to precision interventions to improve meaningful outcomes for at-risk families and communities. The network aims to integrate the principles of breakthrough impact research into the HARC R&D Platform's work, secure external research funding, and accelerate the translation of research results into policy and practice to improve outcomes. The HARC R&D Platform builds upon the accomplishments of its predecessor, the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC).
The overarching purpose of the HARC R&D Platform is to:
MCHB grant # UD5MC30792 Home Visiting Research & Development Platform / Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative.
Please visit the HVRN website for more information.
The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) provides the leadership and infrastructure needed to promote multi-center studies, support research collaboration among Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) investigators, and promote informational exchanges between EMSC investigators and providers.1
PECARN researchers conduct high priority, highquality multi-institutional research, which requires a network to best have impact on the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth of all ages across the continuum of emergency medicine health care. PECARN works with diverse demographic populations and varied geographical regions to promote the health of children in all phases of care. Findings from PECARN studies have impacted emergency care practice and constitute an important resource for all children. PECARN creates public use datasets from the studies that are available to other researchers. PECARN research studies focus on trauma, critical illness, and behavioral health problems managed through pediatric emergency care in the prehospital emergency setting and the emergency department.
Please visit the PECARN website. for more information
The 18 PECARN network Emergency Departments serve approximately 1.3 million acutely ill and injured children every year and the 9 EMS affiliates account for more than 113,000 pediatric runs annually.
The Autism Longitudinal Data Project (ALDP) develops deep insight into early life origins of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD), and to develop a new paradigm towards early prediction and early prevention of ASD and DD. The ALDP is motivated by growing scientific evidence that ASD and DD may originate in-utero, but there is a lack of prospective birth cohort studies, especially in U.S. urban low- income minority populations.
Advancement in the field is critical to halt or reverse the rapid rising trend of ASD in the U.S. through early prediction and early prevention to reduce the incidence of ASD and DD. This is also cost-beneficial in the long-run given that ASD and DD tend to persist across the lifespan.
The ALDP conducts a comprehensive and systematic investigation of maternal and fetal metabolic characteristics in relation to the development of ASD and DD based on a life-course framework. It will simultaneously consider maternal, fetal, and placental factors and leverage the well-established Boston Birth Cohort (BBC). Specifically, ALDP:
The Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP) advances the evidence base on factors associated with healthy life transitions among adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood. ATRP conducts programmatic studies examining the different factors that potentially affects transition to adulthood for children and adolescents with ASD.
Specifically, ATRP conducts three (3) programmatic studies that will:
MCHB grant # UJ2MC31073 Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP)
Please visit the ATRP website for more information.
Competitions for the Research Networks do not happen annually. You may also join the MCH Research Listserv if you wish to receive alerts about open competitions when they become available.